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Breaking News, new Michael Jackson single from the upcoming album Michael will be launched on November 8

As we all wait for the new album from Michael Jackson – Michael, due for release on 14.12.2010, on Monday, November 8 will be launched Breaking News, it’s new single and the first song from this new album. Unfortunately, Michael is no longer with us but will remain alive through his extraordinary music and contribution to the entertainment industry. See below the teaser for Breaking News:

Source: www.michaeljackson-michael.com

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2011 IOM Bay Festival will have you Spelbound by their ‘Early Birds’!

IMPRESSED BY 2010?….. 3 ‘EARLY BIRD’ TICKET OPTIONS FOR 2011!

Following hot on the heels of the success of this year’s Manx Telecom Bay Festival the organisers have announced that they have already finalised the line-up for next year’s ‘X Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent’. With over 8,000 in attendance this year the organisers have been inundated with requests asking when next years will be on sale as no one wants to miss out.

Jonathan Irving co-event promoter with his son Jamie said: “The Father’s Day spectacular starring Olly Murs, Diversity, Danyl Johnson, Signature, Stavros Flately etc went down a storm. I was backstage looking out at the audience and the excitement and enthusiasm for the whole event was like nothing I had seen before. So we decided to strike while the iron was still hot and build on the success by releasing next year’s tickets next week, which is again on Father’s Day.”

Jamie Irving said: “we decided to make it even more fun and keep the interest going right through. Therefore based on the fact that no one had heard of Olly Murs or Danyl Johnson at this time last year we have decided that whoever finishes 2nd and 3rd on this year’s X Factor they will be appearing on the Bay Festival stage on 19th June next year. So watch closely! In addition we are excited to say we have booked the winners of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Spelbound plus runners up Twist and Pulse and to compere and perform his own inimitable act will be impersonator and comedian and BGT finalist Paul Burling.

Jamie concluded by saying that: “the one and only Stacey Solomon will also be performing and to make it even more exciting we are asking people to vote for their most popular artist from this year’s XF/BGT. Whoever wins the popular vote will be invited back as part of the line-up for the Father’s Day extravaganza. People will be able to vote next week through our website: http://www.bayfestival.im

Tickets for the X Factor/BGT will go on sale next Thursday 8th July from 8am to those who have purchased any tickets for this year’s Manx Telecom Bay Festival. Those lucky people will receive an access code on Wednesday allowing them to purchase on Thursday with general sale opening up at 8am on Friday 9th.

At the same time those who wish to make ‘Early Bird’ deposits for other performances during the festival or purchase all weekend festival passes all with extra benefits and discounts until 31st July can do so through the website as from next week. To accommodate parties or people who prefer to pay by cheque the organisers will be able to accept this form of payment as long as the booking is made and the cheque received within 5 days. For further details please visit http://www.bayfestival.im

Jonathan said: “we decided to simplify things next time and just have 3 different ticket types: VIP, seat and stand. Also we have taken 10 rows of seats off at the back of the blocks which means standing is much closer to the stage and all the seating area will be fully controlled by mojo barriers.”

Further news and updates will be available from http://www.bayfestival.im

For further information please contact;

Jamie Irving

Co-Promoter of the IOM Bay Festival

Mobile no. +44 7624 406276

Email: jamie@bayfestival.co.im

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Isle of Man Bay Festival Triumphs

With the massive success of the recent Isle of Man Bay Festival, organisers have confirmed it will be back in 2011.

Over 25,000 people attended the festival over the three days, with the Sunday afternoon ‘X-Factor meets Britain’s Got Talent’ show pulling in a capacity crowd of almost 8,000 people. Based on police estimates, that is a bigger crowd than the one that descended on the prom for the busiest night of the TT entertainment.

The acts, which included a surprise performance from UK chart top-ten artist DJ Ironik, were a hit with the local crowd. Many of them expressed their desire to return to the Isle of Man, with some of them having stayed with local families during their visit.

Between the acts and the fans, the atmosphere in the ‘Valhalla’ tent – the biggest temporary venue in Europe – was electric. Even outside the tent there was a carnival atmosphere that was enjoyable for entire families, with bars, fairground rides and vendors filling the field.

The Festival organisers were ecstatic about the outcome of the event. Jonathan Irving commented: “We are delighted that the people of the Isle of Man got behind the festival and really enjoyed themselves, and we are proud that we could play a part in bringing it to them. We really want to thank everyone who was involved, from the fans and the acts to the army of staff and volunteers who made it all such a success. We would also like to thank Douglas Council for all their constructive assistance”.

As a result of its success, the organisers have already announced that the Festival will definitely return in 2011 on the weekend of the 17th, 18th and 19th of June in Nobles Park, subject to final ratification by the full Douglas Council. It has been confirmed that following on from the total success and popularity of the ‘X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent’ that will make a definite reappearance again on the Sunday afternoon based on its huge popularity with fans. Due to an overwhelming demand to purchase tickets now for next year, with one couple changing the dates of their wedding to fit in next year’s festival!, tickets for the X Factor/BGT will go on sale on 6th July along with ‘Early Bird’ offers for the other shows.

Further news and updates will be available from http://www.bayfestival.im and a further press release will be issued on 30th June.

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Club V3 announce a strategic alliance with Green Leaf Film Studios


Isle of Man-based social network games and media specialist, Clubv3, has announced a far-reaching strategic alliance with Chengdu-based Chinese film studios, Green Leaf Film Studios.

The two companies are working together on the creation of social network games based on Green Leaf’s TV and film properties for Western and Asian social networks, including the likes of Facebook, MySpace, Netlog, Mixi, RenRen, QQ, Orkut and Hi5. Development is already underway on a number of initial products based on Clubv3′s platform.

Green Leaf is further providing Clubv3 with access to its team of artists in Chengdu for the rapidly expanding art requirements of the social games publisher.

Clubv3 is run by a management team with extensive video games and casual games experience. The company has grown rapidly in the two months since formation, with a team of social network games specialists based in the Isle of Man, Romania, Canada, Ukraine, the UK and now China. Clubv3 has a complete system in place for social network games with an integrated micro-transaction system, full 3D avatar system and a highly flexible and dynamic development system, allowing long-lasting playability and adaptability of games. The first large scale games are to be released initially on Facebook during the month of June, whilst the company is also working with a number of brands to bring their products to social networks globally.

Green Leaf is a Chinese Film & TV Studio, set up by film industry specialists. The company is the world-wide partner for Terry Deary, one of the highest selling modern children’s authors with his “Horrible Histories” series broadcast on the BBC, and is currently marketing a 26 part series entitled “Terry Deary’s True Time Tales” amongst a vast stable of projects and brands.

“The expertise at Clubv3 makes them a natural partner for a company such as ours with intellectual property to take to the world of social networks, both to build the profile of our TV and film brands, as well generating additional revenues and fans for our franchises across the world in this exciting new market”, said Jean Sebastien Laurenson, Sales Director at Green Leaf Film Studios.

“Working with Green Leaf gives us access to a vast array of content properties to work with, as well as access to the vast Chinese marketplace of 1.2 billion+ social gamers. The virtual goods market in Asia was at US$5bn (2008) and US$7bn (2009) and will increase in 2010” added Dominic Mason, Director at Clubv3, “Our technical expertise in bringing these properties to social gamers and creating compelling products will allow Green Leaf to reach a large audience.”

All followers of Clubv3 on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/clubv3) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/clubv3) receive regular updates on the company’s progress as well as exclusive access to and gifts within the company’s latest product releases: be the first to know and get something to show!

ABOUT CLUBV3 – Club V3 Ltd is based in Douglas, Isle of Man (British Isles). Clubv3 develops for all the major social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Netlog, Mixi, RenRen, QQ, Orkut, Hi5 and others. For additional information on Clubv3, in-depth information on the technology and upcoming range of products, please visit the website at http://www.clubv3.com or email info@Clubv3.com. Clubv3 can be followed on the company Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/clubv3 and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/clubv3

ABOUT GREEN LEAF FILM STUDIOS – Green Leaf Film Studios is a Film, TV and Animation studio based in Chengdu, China. Alongside in-house international productions, Green Leaf also offers Co-production, Digital Assets and VFX services. The team is a perfect blend of western management and creative direction, with a low cost, high quality Chinese workforce. For any detailed information please visit http://www.greenleaffilmstudios.com or email info@greenleaffilmstudios.com.

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Boy George biography



3 Days/ 30 Bands – 18 – 20th of June, Bay Festival, Isle of Man. Info & Tickets – here.

Flamboyant British new wave singer was born George O’Dowd in Kent, England in 1961. During the ’70s George became a big fan of glam rock, especially David Bowie and began attending hip London clubs in flashy women’s clothing. His outrageous style encouraged Sex Pistols manager Malcolm Maclaren to recruit George for Bow WowWow, a new wave band he was producing. George performed with the band for only a short time before forming his own group, Culture Club, with guitarist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and ex-Adam Antdrummer Jon Moss.

In 1982 Culture Club signed to Virgin, but its first two singles failed to chart, despite growing fashion interest in Jesus. Finally, the band reached No. 1 in the U.K. with their third single, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” A 1983 debut album, Kissing to Be Clever, followed, and several singles reached the Top 10 in the U.S. and Britain. Culture Club’s fall 1983 follow-up, Coulour by Numbers, made them worldwide pop stars with the No. 1 hit “Karma Chameleon.” The band became MTV favorites, largely due to George’s androgynous dress, and Jesus soon found himself a cultural icon, known for his witty interviews.

Unfortunately the next few Culture Club albums did not sell as well as expected,and the group began experiencing problems. George and Jon Moss, who were lovers, began having relationship problems and George became addicted to heroin. During the summer of 1986 George was arrested in Britain for marijuana possession; several days later Culture Club’s session keyboardist, Michael Rudetski, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George’s home. As George underwent treatment for his addiction, Rudetski’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against him, and Culture Club broke up.

Jesus returned to music in 1987 with his first solo album, Sold.Seven singles charted in Britain over the next year, but George was virtually ignored in the U.S. His 1988 follow-up, Tense Nervous Headache, and the 1989 dance album Boyfriend were not even released in America. Instead, Virgin released a U.S. album called High Hat, composed of songs selected from his second and third U.K. albums. In 1991 George released a dance remix album called The Martyr Mantras, originally credited to the group Jesus Loves You, but the record was largely ignored, even in Britain.

George made a minor comeback in late 1992 with the title song from the movieThe Crying Game, his first U.S. hit since the days of Culture Club. Capitalizing on renewed attention to his career, George released a frank autobiography, Take It Like a Man, in 1995, along with a new, more rock-oriented album called Cheapness and Beauty.

In 1998, putting their differences behind them, George reunited with Moss, Hay and Craig for a Culture Club reunion tour that kicked off with an appearance on VH1’s Storytellers series.

Jesus plays DJ on his latest effort, the remix album Essential Mix, released in 2001.

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Belinda Carlisle biography





3 Days/ 30 Bands – 18 – 20th of June, Bay Festival, Isle of Man. Info & Tickets – here.
Belinda Carlisle pursued a solo career after leaving the Go-Go’s in 1984. As her solo career progressed, Carlisle removed any of the rough edges remaining in her style, transforming from a new wave rocker to a polished adult contemporary pop singer. The change was evident on her first album, 1986’s Belinda. Featuring the number three hit single “Mad About You,” the record went gold and established her as a viable hitmaker. The following year, Carlisle released Heaven on Earth, her greatest solo success. Continuing the immaculately produced mainstream pop of Belinda, the record featured the number one title track, the number two single “I Get Weak,” and the Top Ten ballad “Circle in the Sand.” Runaway Horses, released in 1989, was another successful album, spawning the hit singles “Leave a Light On” and “Summer Rain,” yet it showed signs that her audience was shrinking. That suspicion was confirmed by the dismal performance of 1991’s Live Your Life Be Free, which failed to make the charts. Real, released in 1993, didn’t revive Carlisle’s career and she subsequently joined the re-formed Go-Go’s in 1994. The Go-Go’s reunion was short-lived, even though it was widely praised. Carlisle returned to solo recording in 1996 with A Woman and a Man, which failed to gain much attention. A myriad of collections and compilations followed, as well as another Go-Go’s reunion. Carlisle released a new solo album, Voila, in 2007. Source: Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Rick Astley biography





3 Days/ 30 Bands – 18 – 20th of June, Bay Festival, Isle of Man. Info & Tickets – here.

Richard Paul “Rick” Astley (born 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Astley is married to producer Lene Bausager and has one daughter. Astley has released or appeared on recordings that have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. He is best known for his 1987 hit single in 16 countries, “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

After fading into obscurity in the 1990s, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” became part of a popular Internet meme known as “Rickrolling”. Astley was voted by Internet users “Best Act Ever” at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.

Career

1980s
In 1985, Astley was playing the club circuit as a drummer with a soul band named FBI when he was noticed by the record producer Pete Waterman, who persuaded him to come to London to work at the PWL recording studio. Under the tutelage of the production team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, known as Stock Aitken Waterman, Astley was taught about the recording process and groomed for his future career, supposedly starting off as the recording studio ‘tea boy’.

During much of his career, due to his deep bass-baritone voice, many listeners assumed he was African-American. In one instance, the comedic entertainer Sinbad discussed him with a talk-show host, expressing his surprise that Astley was not “one of the brothers”. In another, it was widely believed for years that he was the voice behind the chorus of Cathy Dennis’ song “Just Another Dream”, when in fact the true singer was an African-American disc jockey known as Dancin’ Dan Hartzman. Even after his visual appearance, it was still popular belief that he was miming for a black American singer. His brother Mike Astley helped to refute this assertion.

His first single was the little-known “When You Gonna”, released as a collaboration with Lisa Carter, but his first solo offering was “Never Gonna Give You Up”, released in 1987. It became an immediate success, spending five weeks at the top of the British charts and becoming the year’s highest-selling single. It was the first of 13 (worldwide) top 30 hit singles for him.

The 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody also reached number one in the UK, and the hit singles continued, including the title track and a cover of Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall in Love”.

On 12 March 1988, “Never Gonna Give You Up” also topped the U.S. singles chart and was followed by a second U.S. #1 on 18 June with his second U.S. single release, “Together Forever”. In 1989 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year. He lost to Tracy Chapman.

The group FBI, from left to right, Kevin Needham, Rick Astley, Will Hopper, Peter Dale, & Greg Smee, in 1984.
In late 1988, Astley released his second album, Hold Me In Your Arms. While the album sold well in Europe, with all its 3 singles becoming top 10 hits in the UK, his success in the US waned, with only the first single, She Wants To Dance With Me, making an impact, peaking at #6.

1990s
By the end of the decade, Astley had parted company with Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. He achieved one more major success with the 1991 ballad “Cry for Help”, which reached the top 10 in both the UK and the US. The song was taken from his third album, Free, which featured a move towards soul music, leaving his synth-pop days behind. The album was not as successful as his previous two.

In 1991 the RIAA certified that two million copies of Whenever You Need Somebody had been sold. Total world sales of Astley’s records (including singles, albums and compilation inclusions) have since reached 39.9 million.

His next album, Body and Soul, was released in 1993. The album did not chart in the UK but managed to make the Billboard 200, peaking at #182. The two singles, “The Ones You Love” and “Hopelessly”, performed very well on the adult contemporary chart, peaking at #19 and #4 respectively. “Hopelessly” also crossed over and peaked at #31 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.

For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, Astley remained largely out of the spotlight.

2000s
Almost 10 years after Body and Soul, Astley finally returned to the music world and released “Keep It Turned On” in 2002. The album featured the single “Sleeping”, which became a minor club hit, thanks to a set of remixes from U.S. house producer Todd Terry.

In March, 2005, Astley released the album Portrait in which he covered many classic standards such as “Vincent”, “Nature Boy” and “Close to You”.

In early 2006, Astley withdrew unexpectedly at the eleventh hour from appearing on the BBC TV celebrity/pro duets show Just the Two of Us after committing to do so. This led to criticism from those in the entertainment industry and media. His place was filled by singer Russell Watson, who eventually won the competition. The BBC failed to explain that Astley’s withdrawal was due to his girlfriend Lene Bausager being nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for the Sean Ellis film Cashback, where she was the main producer. Astley would have missed a crucial part of the show by attending the awards ceremony and so withdrew before the show began.

Astley at a festival in Singapore.
Based on various music charts in the UK, US and Canada, Astley has charted a grand total of 14 different hit singles and 6 different hit albums, as of March 2006. In April 2008, the album “The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley” was released by Sony BMG and by early May it had reached #17 on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart.

In September 2008, Rick was nominated for the ‘Best Act Ever’ award at the MTV Europe Music Awards The push to make Astley the winner of the award continued after the announcement, as well as efforts to encourage MTV to personally invite Astley to the awards ceremony. On October 10, Astley’s website confirmed that an invitation to the awards had been received. On November 7th, following a massive internet campaign by fans, Rick won the award in Liverpool, but was not there in person to receive it. Perez Hilton collected the prize on his behalf.

In 2008, Astley was a headlining act at the Northampton Balloon Festival. In April 2009, he wrote an article for Time Magazine about moot.

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Kim Wilde biography



Kim Wilde was born in Chiswick, West London on November 18th, 1960 under the starsign of Scorpio. She moved with her family to Hertfordshire at the age of 9 where she was educated at Presdales School, Ware, before completing a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design in 1980. Kim was signed to Mickie Most’s RAK Records in 1980 and released her first single Kids in America in January 1981.
The debut album ‘Kim Wilde’ followed later that year and spawned a further two hits, ‘Chequered love’ and ‘Water on glass’. Kim recorded a total of three albums for RAK Records before signing to MCA Records in the summer of 1984.
Seven subsequent albums for MCA Records have included international hits such as ‘Another Step (closer to you)’, ‘You came’, ‘Never trust a stranger’, ‘Four letter word’, ‘If I can’t have you’ and a remake of the Supremes classic ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ – Kim’s first USA Number 1 single in 1987 – all of which have contributed to total worldwide album and single sales in excess of 7 million and 12 million respectively. This same period corresponded with Kim’s development as a songwriter having written or co-written the majority of the MCA LP’s including many of the above hit singles.
Kim received the Best Female Vocalist Award from the British Phonographic Industry in the United Kingdom in 1983 and has subsequently received two further nominations in this category. Also, she has received numerous silver, gold and platinum records from all over the world.
Between 1982 and 1994, Kim undertook five solo tours and has performed as opening act for Michael Jackson in 1988 and for David Bowie in 1990.
Adding a new dimension to this highly successful career, Kim appeared in the English production of the musical Tommy from February 1996 to February 1997.
On September 1st, 1996, Kim got married to Hal Fowler. On January 3rd, 1998 she gave birth to her first child, Harry Tristan. Two years later, Rose Elisabeth was born.
Having followed a horticultural course at the prestigious Capel Manor college, Kim was spotted by ITV talent hunters. In 1999, Kim recorded a series of programmes entitled ‘Better Gardens’, functioning as garden designer. Subsequently, she starred as one of the garden designers on BBC Television’s ‘Garden Invaders’ and wrote gardening columns for The Guardian, Prima magazine, Healthy magazine and Period House magazine. In 2005, Kim published her first book entitled ‘Gardening with children’. A year later, ‘The first-time gardener’ followed. When she participated in the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, her ‘Cumbrian Fellside Garden’ won a gold medal, ‘best in show’ and the BBC’s People’s Award.
Meanwhile, Kim was returning to music as well. On January 13th, 2001 she was singing live again for the first time in four years, as a guest star in a live show by Fabba. This prompted a return to the music stage in November of that year, during the first Here & Now tour, in which seven acts from the 1980’s provided a full length live show. During the three following years, Kim would successfully repeat this tour in December, as well as live dates during the summer on the European continent.
Meanwhile, a new track on 2001’s compilation album ‘The very best of Kim Wilde’ entitled ‘Loved’ was released as a single and became a top 10 hit in Belgium. In 2003, more European success followed when Kim recorded a duet with German singer Nena, ‘Anyplace, anywhere, anytime’, a number one hit in Austria and the Netherlands, and top 10 in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
This experience prompted Kim to record a whole new album. ‘Never say never’ was released by EMI Germany in 2006 and after encouraging sales figures, Kim went on the biggest solo tour of her musical career in 2007. She played over 40 live concerts on the European continent and, for the first time ever, in Russia. Touring went on in 2008 and 2009 with many festival dates and a spring tour in 2009.
In 2010, Kim Wilde will release her eleventh studio album after having signed a worldwide recording deal with Starwatch.

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The Real Thing biography

The Real Thing, a Liverpool based vocal group, had its origins in the Merseybeat boom of the 1960s. Eddie Amoo was a former band member of The Chants, whose beat singles gathered considerable critical acclaim, although they failed to chart. After continuing to record for various record labels, the band split.
The Real Thing were formed in 1972 by Chris Amoo, Ray Lake, Dave Smith, Kenny Davis and Edward Ankrah. They got their big break following an appearance on the Opportunity Knocks ITV talent show.

They were spotted by an ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ, Tony Hall, who played a significant part in their early career development. Even so, success was not immediate, and recording contracts they signed with a couple of major record labels came to nothing. Then, in 1975, they signed to Pye Records. Touring as backing singers with David Essex for a spell also helped to increase their profile. Davis and Ankrah dropped out and Eddie Amoo joined in 1975 as an additional vocalist.

With a song written and produced by Ken Gold and Mick Denne, The Real Thing finally emerged in 1976 when “You to Me Are Everything” sailed up to the number one slot in the UK Singles Chart. The track provided them with their only tangible success in the United States, reaching number 28 on the Black Singles chart, and number 64 on the Pop Singles equivalent.

The same song would be re-released as ‘The Decade Remix’ in 1986 and achieved a UK chart position of number three, being remixed by Froggy, Simon Harris and KC.

Apart from “You To Me Are Everything” charting in the US. Their other chart hit was “She’s a Groovy Freak” which made the US hot dance/disco singles chart in 1980 reaching No 55

This first success led to nine hits on Pye over a three year period, including “Can’t Get By Without You”, and “Can You Feel The Force”, both of which were Top 5 successes.
Their brand of commercial sweet soul music, mixed with disco influences, established their popularity with the British audience. They were the UK’s best selling black group of the late 1970s. Their first album, titled The Real Thing, contained their chart busters and previous singles. The group wanted to call their second LP ‘Liverpool 8’, the name of the racially mixed section of Liverpool (Toxteth) where they grew up with Asians, Africans, Chinese, Irish, and anyone else who could not afford more opulent surroundings.

Pye Records did not like the name, so they compromised with Four From Eight, which meant nothing to anyone outside of Britain. A switch to the Calibre record label in 1980 slowed the momentum. Subsequent material fared less well, although remixes of their first two hits charted some ten years after their original release.
In 1999 Eddie Amoo appeared in the ‘Identity Parade’, in the fifth series of the BBC Television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

The group, with three of the founder members still on board, continue to perform and record to this day. A reissue of their second album, 4 From 8, will be released on CD on Cherry Red label RPM in October.
The Real Thing’s vocalist, Chris Amoo, is also a regular on the dog show circuit. His highlight came in 1987, when his Afghan Hound, Champion Viscount Grant, was crowned Supreme Champion at Crufts. Dave Smith is a black belt in Karate.

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Curiosity Killed The Cat biography


3 Days/ 30 Bands – 18 – 20th of June, Bay Festival, Isle of Man. Info & Tickets – here.

They appeared out of nowhere, as if they were transported from a parallel universe wherein blue-eyed soul was seen as rock & roll’s salvation in the late 80s. Likeminded groups like Johnny Hates Jazz, Waterfront, Living in a Box, and Curiosity

Killed the Cat all debuted and disappeared at the same time. Of the four Curiosity Killed the Cat leaned more towards the teen girl population that hung “Smash Hits” posters on their bedroom walls. The band’s lightweight funk and photogenic looks rewarded them with mainstream acceptance in their native England but America didn’t budge. Curiosity Killed the Cat was formed in 1984 by Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (vocals), Julian Godfrey Brookhouse (guitar), Nicholas Bernard Throp (bass), Michael Drummond (drums), and Toby Anderson (keyboards). While in art school Volpeliere-Pierrot met Throp, who was then in a post-punk group called Twilight Children with the other future members of Curiosity Killed the Cat. After inviting him to sing Volpeliere-Pierrot became the band’s new lead singer. They recorded a track entitled “Curiosity Killed the Cat” which caught the interest of businessman Peter Rosengard, who eventually renamed the band after their song and became their manager. In 1985, Curiosity Killed the Cat was signed to Phonogram, and the group began making their first LP. However, producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare were taken off the project, replaced by Stewart Levine; as a result, the album was delayed for nearly a year. The toe-tapping single “Misfit” was released in July 1986, but it was not successful. The band gained much attention after Andy Warhol became a fan; he even did a cameo for the “Misfit” video. In early 1987 “Down to Earth” became a Top-10 hit in the U.K. Two years later the group shortened their appellation to Curiosity. 1992’s “Hang On In There Baby” peaked at No. 3 on the British charts, and the band disappeared from the music scene until they joined the 80s nostalgia Here and Now tour in 2001. ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide

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